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New Dacia Sandero vs used Ford Fiesta verdict

The price of a new Dacia Sandero is one of its most compelling strengths, so what happens in a fight against a used Ford Fiesta that undercuts it?...

Dacia Sandero pictured driving from the side and Ford Fiesta pictured driving from the side

Our verdict

Despite our two contenders belonging to the same small car class, they might appeal to different people. Our used Ford Fiesta better suits those who value performance and handling – in other words, keen drivers. The Dacia Sandero, on the other hand, gels better with families and urban commuters, because of its higher level of comfort and practicality. 

However, despite it being a very close call in this test, for us, the Sandero takes the number one spot. We believe its merits make it the better buy for a wider group of people and, good though the Fiesta is, it doesn't quite justify buying a used car over a new one. So, to answer our original question, yes: the Sandero holds up well without its price advantage to stand on. 

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1st – Dacia Sandero

Dacia Sandero rear cornering

For More passenger space; bigger boot; more reliable; new car warranty; standard automatic emergency braking
Against Not as quick; uninspiring handling; more wind noise

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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2nd – Ford Fiesta 

Ford Fiesta rear driving

For More fun to drive; slightly more fuel efficient; superior interior quality; cheaper to buy
Against Firmer ride; Less space; rear view camera isn't standard from new

What Car? says 4 stars out of 5

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Specifications: Dacia Sandero 1.0 TCe 90 Expression

Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
Power 90bhp
Torque 118lb ft
Gearbox 5-spd manual
0-60mph 12.4sec
Top speed 111mph
Official economy 53.3mpg
Test economy 47.1mpg
CO2 emissions 119g/km

Specifications: Ford Fiesta 1.0 Ecoboost 140 ST-Line

Engine 3cyl, 999cc, turbo, petrol
Power 138bhp
Torque 133lb ft
Gearbox 6-spd manual
0-60mph 9.0sec
Top speed 125mph
Official economy 50.4mpg
Test economy 47.9mpg
CO2 emissions 125g/km

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